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Ice Bubbles + Snowmageddon

In case you haven’t heard, we had a huge winter storm and “Polar Vortex” across most of the United States this week.  In Indiana, we received 12-16 inches of snow, followed by two days of wind to drift the snow, along with bitter cold.  My husband and I were even snowed in at home for a day.  So, what happens when two engineers are snowed in? You guessed it, we decided to have some fun with the weather.

One such cold weather fun activity was going viral on Facebook:  it was the story of Angela Kelly, a photographer in Washington who decided to blow bubbles with her son in the frigid cold and then took these stunning images of the frozen bubbles.  Naturally, I wanted to recreate this myself!  Since we were snowed in, we couldn’t go out to get bubble solution.  So, we made it at home:  2 1/2 cups water, 1/4 cup corn starch, 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap.  We even made our own bubble wands out of wire.

It definitely worked!!  The bubbles froze in the air.  And, while my images aren’t quite as extraordinary as Angela Kelly’s, I still think I was able to get some pretty amazing shots:

DSC_0230A bubble hanging onto our wicker chair on the porch

DSC_0208A teeny, tiny bubble that was stuck to my homemade bubble wand

DSC_0236A large bubble hanging onto my homemade bubble wand that had just started to implode on itself.

And, I would be remiss to not include a few images of the snow as well:

DSC_0170Looking down the snow-filled street at sunrise.  There should be a side walk in about the middle of the picture between plant in the foreground and the small plant behind it about mid-picture.  Instead, a 3-foot snow drift.

DSC_0186My poor little car all covered in snow.  This pic shows the wind blowing the snow everywhere (causing huge drifts).

DSC_0193Snow dunes in our backyard.  You can’t tell in this pic, but those near the pine trees are between 4 and 5 feet tall.

Here’s hoping you and yours stayed safe and warm during the storm and were able to have a little fun too!

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